Africa / 2014

CPJ condemns Swaziland editor's prison sentence

July 25, 2014 12:33 PM ET

Cape Town, July 25, 2014--CPJ is appalled by the two-year prison sentence, without the option of a fine, imposed today on editor of The Nation Bheki Makhubu and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko by the Swaziland High Court in Mbabane. The pair was convicted on contempt of court charges on...

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Nigerian publisher charged with defamation

July 18, 2014 3:14 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, July 18, 2014--Nigerian authorities should drop the charges against a publisher who has been held in police custody since Tuesday on accusations of defaming a state governor, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police on Tuesday detained Oga Tom Uhia, publisher of the monthly independent Power...

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Ethiopian authorities charge nine journalists with terrorism

July 17, 2014 4:12 PM ET

Nairobi, July 17, 2014--An Ethiopian court charged nine Ethiopian journalists arrested in April with inciting violence and terrorism, according to local journalists and news reports. The nine arrested include six bloggers from an independent collective called Zone 9, which publishes critical news and commentary....

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Editor and lawyer convicted of contempt of court in Swaziland

July 17, 2014 12:52 PM ET

Cape Town, South Africa, July 17, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns today's convictions for contempt of court of an editor and lawyer in Swaziland....

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CPJ condemns closed court hearings for nine Ethiopian journalists

July 14, 2014 5:18 PM ET

Nairobi, July 14, 2014--The Ethiopian government should end its politicized prosecution of nine Ethiopian journalists arrested in April. The journalists and their lawyers were shut out of court room hearings in recent days....

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CPJ urges respect for media freedom in South Africa

July 14, 2014 2:35 PM ET

Dear Hlaudi Motsoeneng: The Committee to Protect Journalists, an independent, nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom worldwide, is writing to express its concern at recent anti-press statements you made at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

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In Zimbabwe, journalist detained for covering demonstration

July 9, 2014 12:49 PM ET

Police detained for several hours a reporter for the independent Daily News on July 3, 2014, local journalists told CPJ. Helen Kadirire was held in Mutoko, a town 143 kilometres (89 miles) east of the capital, Harare, after she started to cover a demonstration by the Mutoko North Development Trust,...

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Nigerian editor missing since Tuesday

July 3, 2014 3:58 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, July 3, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists holds Nigerian authorities responsible for the safety of an editor who was seized by armed men on Tuesday and has not been seen since....

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Gambia police harass journalist over human trafficking story

July 1, 2014 4:01 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, July 1, 2014--Gambian police should stop harassing a journalist over a story highlighting human trafficking in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Zimbabwe police detain editor amid ruling party dispute

June 23, 2014 3:52 PM ET

Cape Town, South Africa, June 23, 2014--Zimbabwean authorities should drop charges against the editor of the state-controlled Sunday Mail and release him immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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